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Amazon Patents Futuristic Fulfillment Process  Jan 21, 2014 3:07 PM By Erin Lynch

In an effort to draw an even larger gap between itself and its competitors, Amazon has been awarded a patent that could potentially ship products to consumers before they even place an order. Welcome to Amazon’s new, futuristic fulfillment.

Paid Search Sees Growth in Q4 2013  Jan 21, 2014 1:26 PM By Daniela Forte

The fourth quarter of 2013 saw growth for paid search, according to two separate industry reports. The holiday shopping season saw an increase in retail transactions of 26%, and retail revenue rose 34% on Thanksgiving and 24% on Black Friday.

Best Buy Blames Price Competitiveness in Holiday Sales Decline  Jan 16, 2014 4:26 PM By Erin Lynch

The competition in price played a major role in the declining 2013 holiday sales results at Best Buy, according to a statement released by the electronics retailer. In the nine week holiday period that ended on Jan. 4, Best Buy reported $11.45 million in revenue, down slightly from the 2012 holiday season of $11.75 million.

Shoppers Want Emails With Personalized Product Recommendations  Jan 15, 2014 3:54 PM By Daniela Forte

Online shoppers want emails featuring merchandise selected based on their own shopping habits, according to results from a Listrak-sponsored Harris Interactive survey.

Overstock.com Sees $130,000 in Sales with Bitcoin Payment Option  Jan 15, 2014 2:43 PM By Erin Lynch

Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. Byrne took to Twitter to announce that within 24-hours of implementing Bitcoin as a possible payment option, his company received $130,000 in orders paid in the crypto-currency.

Key Lessons to Think About Before Going Global  Jan 15, 2014 1:29 PM By Daniela Forte

The idea of expanding globally isn’t a new concept among merchants, but it is a concept that has many thinking about how to go about doing so.

Should Merchants Consider Expanding to Latin America?  Jan 15, 2014 11:31 AM By Erin Lynch

For years, when it came to which countries were at a similar stage of advanced and growing economic development, retailers have had their eyes on Brazil, Russia, India and China, affectionately known as BRIC. However, during this week’s National Retail Federation’s conference, the new buzzword was Latin America.

6 Tips to Expand your Global Ecommerce Business  Jan 15, 2014 11:18 AM By Scott Heimes

Is your product or service something that translates well into other cultures? If the answer is yes and you’re ready to take on the challenge of expanding globally, your next step is to plan how you’ll roll out ecommerce operations worldwide. The following six tips can help you achieve a successful launch

Move Over Showrooming, Webrooming is Here  Jan 14, 2014 4:36 PM By Jonathan Levitt

With the threat of showrooming waning, retailers are facing a new challenge: webrooming. This poses a threat to retailers if people webroom on their sites, but purchase at a competitor’s store. But the practice can also be an advantage for retailers if they can find ways to lure webroomers to their own stores.

How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Blues  Jan 14, 2014 10:43 AM By Maria Haggerty

In the weeks after the holidays, many retailers simply resign themselves to sluggish traffic and anemic sales totals. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Although you may not be able to replicate the fever pitch of the holiday shopping season, with the right strategy in customization, fulfillment, customer service, and discounts, you can stimulate retail activity and avoid the post-holiday blues.






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